HAVANA TIMES, Feb. 5 — Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov heads for Cuba next week to hold talks with Cuban leaders and attend the 19th Havana International Book Fair to which his country is this year’s special guest.
The trip is scheduled for Feb. 11-13 Foreign Ministry spokesperson Andrei Nesterenko told the Russian Itar-Tass news agency.
“The visit is intended to maintain the intensive political cooperation and to contribute to broader bilateral relations in various spheres. Russia considers Cuba as the key partner in the Latin American region. The bilateral political dialogue, including that on the high and top levels, is regular and trust-based,” Nesterenko told Itar-Tass.
“Forthcoming negotiations will highlight the issues of deeper and more diversified Russian-Cuban trade-economic and financial-investment relations, the promotion of major joint cooperation projects in the electric power industry, hydrocarbon production, transport infrastructure, biopharmaceuticals and high technologies,” said the spokesperson.
In April an intergovernmental trade and economic cooperation commission is set to meet in Havana, informed Itar-Tass.
Cuba’s annual International Book Fair runs this year in Havana from Feb. 11-21 before moving on to other Cuban provinces.